Author: Mike Creighton

Looking for Lichens

We were absolutely delighted to be invited to explore Petersfield Heath and Pond in the company of Petersfield Area Lichen Enthusiasts (PALE). This area covers some 69 acres of land together with a 22 acre pond and has a range of woodland, scrub and heathland habitat with a wide variety of lichens. There was obviously

Morning bird song, Martin Down

On a very clear and cool June morning I was joined by two enterprising people to explore the possibilities of Martin Down habitat. On opening the car door I was surprised to hear three Skylark already in song although it was still dark. They stopped shortly afterwards but sang again later and were joined by

Volunteer Surveyors needed

We are delighted to offer some assistance in recruiting volunteers to help in finding and recording one of Britain’s rarest hoverflies – on the doorstep of Southampton, in the New Forest. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the Green Forest Hoverfly (Caliprobola speciosa) which is confined to only two locations in the UK, one of which is

The Fascinating World of Thick-knees

Thick-knees are a unique group of birds found worldwide, with ten different species that share similar physical characteristics such as yellow legs, black and yellow beaks, and big yellow eyes. Despite looking alike, thick-knees differ in behavior and habitat. Here we look at the Stone Curlew, or Eurasian Thick-knee, found in Hampshire and Wiltshire in

John Vetterlein

John Vetterlein sadly died earlier this year. This tribute by Bruce Larner is an extract from the Annual Report 2022, recently published. John will be missed by family, friends and anyone who has had the pleasure to join him looking at the flora and, particularly, the butterflies of Southampton Old Cemetery and further afield. The

Budding volunteers required for wildflower surveys

Southampton City Council is looking for volunteers to help survey the wildflower meadows which are springing up across the city. There will be a three hour training session and the surveys will take place in June and September. For more information and to volunteer please follow this link. https://www.southampton.gov.uk/our-greener-city/how-you-can-help/wildflower-surveys/

Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve

Recently Southampton Natural History Society had a guided walk to this small jewel of a nature reserve on the outskirts of Southampton. This week a couple of us joined a small group from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) for a small mammal survey. Swanwick Lakes, once a clay pit for a local

Bright eyes

Keeping your eyes and ears open, using all your senses, is what all people with an interest in wildlife do all the time. Making observations, submitting records and so on. And occasionally there is a helping hand. Here a security camera caught the eyes of a young deer taking a stroll up a driveway. In

Bioblitz – Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo is hosting another bioblitz on Sunday 15th September, and they are looking for people with some expertise to help with the identification of species that are observed. Whether you are confident across a range of species or an expert in just one family, Marwell Zoo will want to hear from you. They are

Alarming drones

Out in the garden, examing the moth trap (that didn’t take long – we’re catching little or nothing this year) when we heard the screaming of birds in the sky. First thought was gulls rising for an ant swarm, but it soon became clear the sound was more like a wader alarm call. Finally we

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